As a pastor taking his first group to the Holy Land, I was so thankful to have the Travel with Friends team helping me every step of the way. They were amazing from the day that we picked the date to the day we returned. We loved the support staff, the guides, the accommodations and the travel arrangements. Highly recommended!
Join Bishop L. Jonathan Holston for a Dive into
Where Rest and Faith Connect
- Airfare from group departure city
- All Transfers
- Baggage Handling
- Breakfast & Dinner Daily
- Entrance Fees to all Sites
- Itinerary as per Description
- Premium Accommodations
- Professional Tour Guides
- Transportation by Deluxe Motor Coach
Day 1 Depart USA
Your greatly anticipated trip to Italy begins as you depart on your international flight.
Day 2 Arrive in Rome
Our representatives will meet you at the airport in Rome. If travel time allows you will then take a walk through the Catacombs of St. Sabastino before going to your hotel in Rome for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 3 Siena / San Gimignano
Siena is one of Italy’s loveliest medieval cities built across hills and valleys. Siena’s heart is its central piazza known as Il Campo, which is both a meeting place and market place. It is also world renown for the “Palio” festival and horse race. Your journey continues as you travel to the picturesque San Gimignano surrounded by the splendid Tuscan countryside. It is a city of beautiful medieval towers, rich in history, art, and culture. From there you will have an overnight stay in the Montecatini area.
Day 4 Pisa
Today you will travel to Pisa to witness the amazing leaning tower. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is famous for its unintended tilt. The height of one side being 186 ft while the other side measures at 183 ft. This bell towers tilt began during construction in 1173, caused by a foundation too soft on one side to properly support the structures weight. The tilt increased over the decades of construction. It was finally stabilized and partially corrected in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. You will then travel to the Venice area for your overnight stay.
Day 5 Venice
This day of continued awe begins with a boat trip to the magical city of Venice. This fascinating city on a lagoon is one of the most lovely and interesting places in the world. Venice is traveled by boat on its waterways rather than by cars on roads. It encompasses 118 islands separated by more than 150 canals. Now as you stand in the Piazza San Marco, you will find yourself entranced by the Basilica of St. Mark, one of the world’s most magnificent churches. You will tour the Basilica to admire it’s treasure of marble and gold-background mosaics. You will also be drawn to the charming pink and white Doges’ Palace. You will have a chance to feel the sad romance of the Bridge of Sighs before a free afternoon. When your day is done you will enjoy another overnight stay in the Venice area.
Day 6 Florence
Florence is an elegant city nestled between hills and the banks of the Arno River. While in Florence you will have time to enjoy strolling through open air markets and relax by the beautiful gardens. Everything your eyes will see is a showcase for Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance grandeur. Among the wealth of masterpieces to be found in Florence, you’ll see the Piazza della Signoria with its Neptune Fountain and Vecchio Palace, the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral. You will then have an overnight in the Florence area.
Day 7 Assisi
Today, you will journey to the charming medieval town of Assisi, which was the home of St. Francis. Two years after his death, the large Basilica of the town was started in his memory. The ground on which the church stands was at one time an execution ground for condemned criminals. This is where St. Francis asked to be buried and is now known as the Hill of Paradise. St. Francis’ tomb and many great works of art are inside the Basilica. After your day in Assisi, you will have an overnight stay in the Rome area.
Day 8 Ancient Rome
The city of Rome is more rich with history throughout than any other city. This day will allow you to explore many of the wonders of ancient Rome such as the magnificent Colosseum, Mamertine Prison and the Pantheon. From the most sacred hill of ancient Rome, Campidoglio, you will get to see the Forum, the Circus Maximus, the Arch of Titus, the famous Baths of Caracalla and the Arch of Constantine. You will also view the Victor Emanuel and the Monti Region, Rome’s most ancient neighborhood which spreads over three of her seven hills. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to experience for yourself why Rome is also known as the “City of Love”. You feel the romance of Rome as you climb the graceful Spanish Steps and stop at the famous Trevi Fountain. Overnight in Rome.
Day 9 Vatican City / Christian Rome
Today, you will embrace the glory of Christian Rome as you visit the Vatican, home to one of the greatest museums in the world. Christianity came late in Rome’s long history, conquering and changing Rome like no other invasion. No visit to the Vatican City would be complete without entering the doors of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, where you will bring your life changing trip to an end by taking in the beauty of Michelangelo’s frescoes which have been restored to their full, colorful glory.
Day 10 Return to USA
Contact: Lollie Haselden
Phone Number: 803.786.9486
Account Manager: Mitchell Jensen
Phone Number: 501.379.9226
I had a most wonderful trip, accompanied by 15 new friends from South Dakota led by Pastor Rooney, 4-13 Feb 20. Because I was a VERY late add-on to their trip, I dealt with 4 people from Friends and each was OUTSTANDING. However, the STAR who deserves special note is Kelsie Vail, the Air Specialist: she was able to save me over $1,700.00 on my upgraded seating [disabled Vet with BAD back]. She was incredibly personable, professional, and simply "down-home" friendly, genuine, and nice!! The trip was a true "bucket-list" adventure, walking where Jesus walked, preached, and performed miracles [I was overwhelmed many times and want to visit Israel again!]. The sights were amazing; the bus was quite comfortable; and our Tour Leader ("Charlie") and bus drivers were extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and Safety-conscious. Truly the VERY BEST overseas tour I have ever taken! Thank you, Friends, and especially VP Mitch Jensen and Kelsie Vail for all the pre-trip information, help overcoming flight delay/change, and post-trip timely assistance. They will NOT let you down! Shalom!
The faces of Friends www.TravelWithFriends.com, BTR (Bill), Claudia and Charlie Dajani. An amazing experience that could only be possible with this team! From the first of booking our trip through to seeing us off at the ticket counter for our return trip back to the states. I absolutely recommend going to Israel and doing it with Friends travel. Charlie, you are amazing. Charlie’s extensive knowledge, humor, care of the group and individuals, mapping and juggling of sites to make it seamless and timely was a true treasure. Outstanding job!!!!! You all helped make this an experience to remember, share and HIGHLY recommend! ❤️